The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 10 suspects in connection with the seizure of 4,870.2 kg of cannabis in parts of Edo.
NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said officers stormed the edge of Ohusu Forest in Ovia South West Local Government Area in Edo on Wednesday.
He said officers recovered 3,159.7kg from the area and arrested three suspects, Effiong Udo, Daniel Asuquo Ebong and Asuquo Effiong.
Similarly, on Saturday, officers intercepted a Toyota Sienna space bus carrying 49 bags of Cannabis Sativa weighing 638.5kg along Uwenusi Road in Uhunmonde LGA.
“Some 36 kg of the same substance, stored in the bush along the Uromi/Ubiaja road, was also recovered.
“In another operation, three suspects, John Paul, Liberty Rolland and Aboki Stephen, were arrested at Okpe in Akoko Edo with 55 kg of cannabis.
“No less than 127 kg of Cannabis Sativa were seized, and a suspect, Pius John, was arrested while 854 kg of the same substance was recovered when officers attacked the Okpe forest where some cannabis farms have been destroyed.
“Three suspects: David Obada, Blessing Okechukwu and Odoh Sunday, were arrested with the 854 kg of Cannabis Sativa,” he said.
In a further development, Mr Babafemi said NDLEA operatives stormed Aponmu Forest in Idanre LGA in Ondo State.
During the raid, 52 bags of Cannabis Sativa that weighed 676 kg and the truck used to load the shipment were recovered on October 16.
He said the trio Christopher Amuzoga, Chikogu Samuel and Ijeoma Okenna were arrested with 690 kg of cannabis in Ipele forest on October 18.
“In Kano, officers arrested Isah Mohammed and Sandra Okafor in the Dakata area on Friday after being caught with 538 blocks of Cannabis Sativa.
“It weighed 391.2 kg; 259,000 tablets of tramadol; 100 bottles of codeine syrup and 150,000 pregabalin tablets.
“This follows the arrest of Abel John and Helen James with 328.7 kg of C/S in the Gonin Gora area of Kaduna, while 5,000 tablets of tramadol and 25,000 tablets of Exol-5 were were picked up along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway,” he said.
Similarly, a suspect, Yahaya Musa, was arrested on October 16 in Tashar Yari, Kaduna, with more than 30,000 tablets of tramadol, diazepam and exol-5.
“In Bauchi, a suspect, Ogbonna Ikechukwu, was arrested in Gadar Maiwa, Ningi LGA with 67,960 tablets of various types of mind-altering substances,” he said.
Babafemi said officers raided the marina market in Eket where quantities of illicit substances were seized.
These, he said, included 1,193 naira in cash and 849,000 fake naira recovered from fugitive suspects.